Crises of Empire offers a comprehensive and uniquely comparative analysis of the history of decolonization in the British, French and Dutch empires. By comparing the processes of decolonization across three of the major modern empires, from the aftermath of the First World War to the late 20th century, the authors are able to analyse decolonization as a long-term process. They explore significant changes to the international system, shifting popular attitudes to colonialism and the economics of empire.
This new edition incorporates the latest developments in the historiography, as well as:
- Increased coverage of the Belgian and Portuguese empires
- New introductions to each of the three main parts, offering some background and context to British, French and Dutch decolonization
- More coverage of cultural aspects of decolonization, exploring empire 'from below'
This new edition of Crises of Empire is essential reading for all students of imperial history and decolonization. In particular, it will be welcomed by those who are interested in taking a comparative approach, putting the history of decolonization into a pan-European framework.
Martin Thomas is Professor of Imperial History at the University of Exeter, UK. L. J. Butler is Emeritus Reader in History at the University of East Anglia, UK. Bob Moore is Professor of 20th Century European History at the University of Sheffield, UK.
Preface Introduction: Constructions of decolonization Part I: British Decolonization Introduction to Part I 1. The British Empire, 1918-1945: Interwar Change and Wartime Pressures 2. The First Wave of British Decolonization: Commonwealth Territories, South Asia and the Gold Coast, 1945-1951 3. British Decolonization, Insurgency and Strategic Reverse: The Middle East, Africa and Malaya, 1951-1957 4. Winds of Change: The Final Waves of British Decolonization in Africa and Asia after 1957 Part II: French Decolonization Introduction to Part II 5. The Roots of French Decolonization: Ideas, Economics and Reform, 1900-1946 6. Decolonizing the French African Federations after 1945 7. People's War and the Collapse of French Indochina, 1945-1954 8. From French North Africa to Maghreb Independence: Decolonization in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, 1945-1956 9. Algeria's Violent Struggle for Independence 10. Territories Apart: Madagascar, the Togo Trusteeship and French Island Territories Part III: Dutch Decolonization Introduction to Part III 11. An 'Ethical Imperialism'? The Dutch Colonial Empire Before 1945 12. Indonesia: The Politics of Delusion, 1940-1947 13. Indonesia: The Realities of Diplomacy 14. Unfinished Business: New Guinea as a Last Outpost of Empire 15. Decolonization by Default: Dutch Disengagement in Suriname Part IV: Contrasting Patterns of Decolonization 16. Contrasting Patterns of Decolonization: Belgian and Portuguese Africa Conclusion: Changing Attitudes to the End of Empire Glossary Bibliography Index